SEDS Rocketry Challenge


SEDS 2015 University Student Rocketry Challenge

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, USA, is pleased to announce the 2015 University Student Rocketry Challenge (USRC). This year, the USRC challenges students to design, build, and launch a multi-stage rocket with a standardized 0.50 lb payload to an altitude of 3000 feet.

Competition Overview

The USRC is open to teams of students from any university in the United States. Teams are scored on design, engineering, and manufacturing processes in addition to the flight of the rocket. A panel of aerospace industry professionals will serve as judges. The competition will involve three engineering reports and reviews. The first report will be a design report and will focus on the design of the rocket. The second ret will be a manufacturing reort to be submitted after the rocket is built. The third report will be a post-flight report to assess the results of the rocket’s flight. The judging panel will offer feedback on each report and will be available to meet with teams to review the repor ts. Guidelines for each report will be released individually. The first-place team, as determined by the competition judges, will be awarded a $500 cash prize from SEDS-USA and competition sponsors. Additional prizes and funding opportunities may be added throughout the course of the competition as they become available. In order to make the competition as accessible as possible, there will be several ways in which a team can launch their rocket for a competition flight. Teams may launch at a field local to their university and have the flight certified by an independent party. Depending on geographic proximity, teams from different universities may organize a regional launch in cooperation with SEDS-USA. Additionally, if there is sufficient interest, SEDS USA is investigating the possibility of a national launch in June 2014 to be held at a major national rocketry event. Details on this national launch, if scheduled, will be forthcoming.